Toddler’s death ruled homicide

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Westchester's medical examiner has ruled the death of a Mamaroneck toddler a homicide, but the office declined to give further details about the death of 2-year-old Gabriella Boyd.

As News 12 has reported, she died in April as police responded to a 911 call to her mother's home on Chestnut Avenue.

Cynthia Arce, the girl's mother, allegedly attacked two police officers with a knife when they tried to revive Gabriella.

Arce faces charges of attempted murder of a police officer. Her lawyer says Arce suffered a psychotic break at the time of her daughter's death.

The Westchester District Attorney's Office says prosecutors will present the autopsy to a grand jury in the mother's criminal case.

Martin Rosen, a lawyer for Gabriella's father Stephen Boyd, says the homicide finding affirmed earlier evidence. He says he is awaiting a copy of the autopsy, which could be used in a civil lawsuit against Mamaroneck police and Westchester Child Protective Services.

Rosen says those departments both failed to enforce a pair of court orders that gave his client custody of the girl and ordered Arce to stay away.

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